Deputy Attorney General II-V - Public Safety Unit

Civil Division - New Castle County or Kent County

Recruitment #083123-MUAF25-150102


Delaware's Attorney General, the State's chief law enforcement officer, has a broad responsibility to combat crime, uphold civil rights, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State. In meeting this mission, Attorney General Kathy Jennings is supported by teams of talented lawyers and staff in the Criminal, Civil, Family, Fraud and Consumer Protection, and Civil Rights & Public Trust Divisions. Each of the more than 500 staff who work in the Office of the Attorney General are dedicated to serving all Delawareans with integrity and passion. Deputy Attorneys General, with critical support from criminal special investigators, victim service specialists, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff, prosecute criminal cases, enforce consumer laws, provide counsel to state agencies, ensure the public's access to open government, protect the abused, and much more.

Summary Statement

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Civil Division, Public Safety Unit, seeks a Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”) to serve as general legal counsel to the Department of Correction (“DOC”), which includes its Commissioner and four Bureaus:  Prisons, Community Corrections, Healthcare, and Administrative Services.  This position will primarily advise the Bureaus of Community Corrections, Healthcare, and Administrative Services.

Career Ladder

The Deputy Attorney General (DAG) career steps and salaries are based on experience, skills and the number of years barred.


Pay Grade A14 DAG II  Salary Range $86,100/min  $90,300/max 
Pay Grade A16 DAG III  Salary Range $95,095/min  $99,360/max
Pay Grade A18 DAG IV  Salary Range $104,535/min  $109,710/max 
Pay Grade A20 DAG V  Salary Range $115,920/min  $120,510/max 

Essential Functions

This DAG will work collaboratively with a second DOC DAG to advise DOC on correctional legal issues, including compliance with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory obligations, and professional guidelines and standards, to draft correspondence and pleadings related to sentence modification, medical care, programming, and good time calculations, to draft, review, and negotiate contracts, policies, and legislation, to offer agency training on emerging legal issues, to respond to subpoenas and FOIA requests, to advise on labor and human relations issues, to litigate significant civil and criminal matters, and to serve as a liaison to outside counsel.

The DAG will also have other duties related to the Public Safety Unit, including to represent the Criminal Justice Council (CJC) and Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program ("VCAP"), assisting with Delaware State Police trial boards and Merit Employee Relations Board hearings, and handling additional assignments as directed by the State Solicitor, Deputy State Solicitor, Unit Head, or Assistant Unit Head.  Membership in Delaware Bar is required.

Experience with correctional and criminal law, legislative drafting, procurement, and contract/settlement compliance monitoring is preferred but not mandatory.  While this is primarily a general counsel position, litigation experience is also desirable. 

The applicant should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to identify and address operational issues in order to minimize or avoid future legal action, the ability to research accurately and effectively, the ability to work closely with DOC officials, other criminal and civil DAGs, support staff, and court personnel, and the ability and desire to learn and apply relevant laws and court rules.

Job Requirements

  1. State of Delaware Bar Association admission date

Additional Posting Information

  • This posting may be closed on or before 11/21/2024 upon filling the vacant position.
  • The applicant must have a willingness to travel to meet departmental needs and meeting schedules.  
  • DOC provides an office for this DAG in its administration building in Dover, Delaware.  The successful candidate may also maintain an office at the Department of Justice in in the Wilmington or Dover, Delaware.

Conditions of Hire

  • Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. 
  • Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of hire.


  • May be eligible Loan forgiveness (State and Federal)
  • State of Delaware healthcare plan
  • State of Delaware pension plan
  • Over 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 3 weeks of paid sick leave per year
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Stipend and overtime pay opportunities

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Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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